At E3 this year, Microsoft announced a new feature called FastStart, which allows you to start playing games while they're still downloading. According to the company, you'll be up and running with your games up to 50% faster.
The feature is already available to Xbox Insiders that are running version 1806, and today, Microsoft published the list of games that are already compatible with it. Here's the full list:
|ARCADE GAME SERIES: PAC-MAN||Sid Meier’s Pirates!||Don Bradman Cricket 17|
|NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja Storm||Destroy All Humans!||PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION|
|Dovetail Games Euro Fishing||
|Dead Space 2|
|Rivals of Aether||Devil May Cry HD Collection||Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two – Episode 1|
|Casey Powell Lacrosse 16||
|The Flame in the Flood||Don’t Starve Together: Console Edition||Viva Pinata|
|Magic Duels||Toy Story 3||Game of Thrones – Episode 1: Iron from Ice|
|Ys Origin||The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season||Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition|
|Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 1: Zer0 Sum||Neverwinter|
There are a few caveats to this. For one thing, your console will need to be set to English for this to work. Also, it's possible that the game publisher has multiple versions of a game for different regions, so it might not work if you have the wrong one.
FastStart is another step toward a future where games can be played on-demand. We're not quite there yet, but we're closer.